How To Get Read Receipts On WhatsApp Even If Turned Off

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With WhatsApp read receipts, you can get to know if your message has been seen/read by the recipient and the time when your WhatsApp is read.

However, WhatsApp did make sure to include a setting that allows you to disable read receipts. So, in this article, I will share how to turn off read receipts on WhatsApp. And later, the interesting part – how to get the read receipts on WhatsApp even if turned off?

Moreover, you’ll also learn how to see read receipts on the app and WhatsApp Web.

Turn Off Read Receipts On WhatsApp

I will be using WhatsApp for iOS for the steps and screenshots. However, the method is almost similar with minor differences.

1. Open WhatsApp and select the Settings tab at the bottom right corner.

2. Tap on Account under Settings.

3. Select Privacy on the next screen.

4. At the bottom, toggle Read Receipts to OFF.

Get read receipts on WhatsApp even if turned off

With, this read receipts will be disabled and others won’t know if you read their message or not. At the same time, you too cannot see if your message is read or not if you turn off read receipts.

Now if you wanted to get read receipts even though you or other contact turned them off then you need to leverage one of the features of Read Receipts.

Get Read Receipts On WhatsApp Even If Turned Off

If you look closely, it is mentioned below the Read Receipts settings that “Read Receipts are always sent for group chats.” So, even if you turn off read receipts, you will get receipts for the messages received in a group and others too will get Read timestamp when you read their messages.

You can take advantage of this and get read receipts even if the other contact has disabled them. Create a WhatsApp group with only that contact and you till get Seen by with the timestamp even if that contact has turned off read receipts.

That was all to this trick. We used the same method to unblock yourself on WhatsApp without deleting account.

Now, let’s see how to get Message Info and Read Receipts on app and WhatsApp Web.

See When Was Your Message Read On WhatsApp App

On WhatsApp iPhone app, simply swipe towards left on the desired message you sent. You will then see the Message Info screen which has Delivered and Seen Timestamp.

See when WhatsApp message was read
Swipe left on the message to get this screen

For Android app, long press on the message and select Info icon at the top to see the read receipt and message delivery details.

See Read Receipts On WhatsApp Web

To see the Message Info on WhatsApp Web follow the steps given below.

1. Open WhatsApp Web and select the desired conversation.

1. Hover on the desired message sent by you for which you want to get the Seen details.

2. On hovering over the message, a downward arrow will appear at the top right of the message. Click on it and select Message Info.


Click near the area where the timestamp and ticks are shown on the message you sent.

Get Read Receipts on WhatsApp Web
Use the downward arrow or click near Timestamp or ticks

These two ways will open up the Message Info screen where you can get to know when was your message seen on WhatsApp Web.

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We wish that this article helped you to get WhatsApp message read receipt on the Web and view them even if they’re disabled. Share it with your friends if you found it helpful.

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Hemant Mendiratta

Hemant Mendiratta is a co-founder of TechUntold and a passionate tech blogger, avid gamer, and social media guru who keenly monitors useful apps and gadgets. He is the ideator of our Instagram tool StoryHoot which allows watching Instagram stories anonymously. You can connect with him on: Facebook, Twitter.

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